Luminaries from academia and science pay tribute to the late physicist’s incredible legacy

“We remember Isaac Newton for answers,” said Prof Kip Thorne. “We remember Hawking for questions.”

For 40 years, physicists have pondered the questions raised by Prof Stephen Hawking’s work, and perhaps his greatest legacy is not his remarkable discoveries, but the impact of his work on future theories of physics. Thorne, a Nobel prize-winning physicist, paid tribute to his friend Hawking by saying that future scientists would not stand on the shoulders of giants, as Newton had it, but “on the shoulders of Hawking”.

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